BOOK: PRE- LAUNCH OF INTERSECTION OF COLOR BY GOTTFRIED JÄGER
The Intersection of Color by Gottfried Jäger brings together his different approaches to photographic color formation in an exemplary manner. In this "color space" thus created, their paths cross from experiment to program, from abstraction to concretion, and from analog to computed color photographs of our time. This publication is the first coherent appearance of this group of works from 1960 to 2020. Intersection of Color is published and edited by Sous Les Etoiles Gallery in a limited edition of 100 copies. Each book is numbered and signed by Gottfried Jäger and will be launch for the occasion of Paris Photo 2021. Essays by Lyle Rexer and Bernd Stiegler.
Over more than five decades, Jäger has explored the optics, mechanisms and materials of photography – and in this book, color photography specifically – to produce images that have no referents, no antecedents to their own process, and no umbilical cords to an observed world. In the profoundest sense, they are unprecedented.
Animato: The Work of Art in the Age of Potential Electronic Manipulation.
Audio-Visual Paraphrases of the Painting K XVII (1923) (1)
“Since production (creative composition) in particular plays an important role in human nature, we must try to develop the technical media (means) that have hitherto merely served the purpose of reproduction, putting them to productive use.” (2) László Moholy-Nagy
In 1995, for the centennial of László Moholy-Nagy’s birthday at the Kunsthalle Bielefeld Museum, Gottfried Jäger and Karl Martin Holzhäuser created and presented Animato, a 12-minute multimedia performance for computer-animated video, piano and percussion based on Moholy-Nagy’s painting K XVII (1923). Subtitled “The Work of Art in the Age of Potential Electronic Manipulation,” this video is a reference to the epoch-making essay by Walter Benjamin, published in 1936, “The Work of Art in the Age of Potential Mechanical Reproduction,” which was also the title of a collection of Benjamin’s essays first published in 1936.
In Animato, Jäger and Holzhäuser deconstructed the elements of the Moholy-Nagy’s painting and used computer programs to animate these same elements in a “controlled virtual movement.” The result of this new work “releases the material from its static state and renders it dynamic.